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that he knows what it's like to struggle through tough times. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to recuse the company. tracie, food morning. >> lynn, good morning. today the president will deliver that speech in a state where one of his harshest critics is from, republican leader john boehner and also in a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $250,000. plus he wanted to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off business investments giving them more money to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments tomorrow that are creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> reporter: all of it ending for tax breaks by big companies. republicans say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think the american people want any more stimulus coming out of washington. we need to get our arms around out
overnight tonight and into the morning. lynn? >> kristen dahlgren there for us in north carolina. kristen, thank you. >>> police in maryland shot and killed an armed gunman who took three hostages inside the maryland headquarters of the discovery channel yesterday. court records show the 43-year-old radical environmentalist began protesting against the cable tv channel two years ago, hoping to convince executives to devote more programming time to environmental issues. nbc's brian mooar has our report. >> reporter: for four terrifying hours, a gunman carrying what looked like bombs held three hostages inside the discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. negotiations with 43-year-old james j. lee broke down. authorities say they had to open fire after he made an aggressive move with his gun. >> he pulled out the handgun that he came in with and pointed it at one of the hostages. at that point, our tactical units moved in. they shot the suspect. the suspect is deceased. >> reporter: most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue what was going on until th
joins us from washington with the latest. good morning, tracie. >> amara, good morning. what to do about taxes? the senate has confirmed what the house said, that this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november, not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls. however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america. a government that's too big is something they say they want to get rid of if they are elected in november. they also want to expand tax cuts and several other measures tha
other coalition troops, after afghan army soldier and u.s. civilian were hurt and transported to a military medical center for treatment. the cause of the crash is undertion investigation. >> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. >>> in georgia, traffic came to a near stand still after a small plane made an emergency landing on an interstate during rush hour there. no one was hurt. the cause of the crash is not yet known. >>> a smokey fire under a bridge in new york left some commuters stranded for several hours. an electrical transformer reportedly blew out, sparking the blaze. service was eventually restored after firefighters extinguished the flames and officials inspected the bridge. >>> in texas, a first-time mom at the dallas zoo is said to be doing a great job taking care of her 2-month-old zebra named webster. it is the zoo's fourth frebe, the fourlargest of all zebras. >>> and in ohio, being crowned king of the gridiron isn't just for burly football players. in-state rivals rufus the bobcat and that's from ohio state university and bru
the coast of somalia was rescued by the u.s. marines. they seized control of the vessel and captured them without firing a single shot. most were hilled partly because the crew was able to kill the engine before locking themselves in a channel room chamber. >>> this morning washington reports capital employs oh back taxes. it was owed by 4% of congressional employees, a percentage slightly higher than the national average. >>> and a new gallop ranking says the u.s. is the fifth most generous country on earth tying with switzerland. new zealand and australia tied for first. >>> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 10,415 after gaping 28 points yesterday. the s&p added 5. the nasdaq rose 7. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei climbed 140 points, while in hong kong, the hang seng was up 90 points. >>> with wall street still looking for a memo mem ton of its own stocks rose thursday with hopes that ooh economic recover may be resuming. they touched a 1 month high after data showed new claims for unploimd insura
towards goals such as economic crisis and peace in the middle east. michelle franzen is live for us in new york. >> reporter: good morning, amara. certainly the president's speech will focus on what he talked about last year and rebuilding a lot of the international relations following the bush administration's foreign policy. but many of the same issues are still -- president is still facing with foreign policy agenda, including much in the middle east. of course, combat units in iraq left there at the end of awl august, but still, about 50,000 troops remain in iraq, training security forces there and in afghanistan, troops, of course, have been increased along with the attacks by insurgents. and certainly talks, peace talks for the middle east twin israeli and palestinian leaders got a jump start earlier this month, but so far, still no direct talks planned in the meantime. of course, iran and north korea's defiance over international sanctions and pressure to stop their nuclear program will take the stage, as well. president obama is expected to speak early this morning and following ir
to help put unemployed americans back to work. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. this is traditionally the day that we celebrate american workers, but today president obama will be telling them to hang on. this afternoon president obama spends labor day with union workers in milwaukee. union leaders say what's traditionally a day of celebration has become a day of frustration for many. >> 11 million people out of work have less to be thankful for than those on wall street that are doing quite well. >> reporter: unemployment creeped up to 9.6% friday, jobs are being created, but not nearly fast enough to employ the millions left jobless in this recession. today and in cleveland wednesday, the president will talk about the slow recovery and urge congress to approve $100 billion in tax breaks for small business. >> that's really what the bottom line is, small businesses are the engine of growth. government doesn't create the jobs. all we do is help train people for those jobs. >> reporter: the unemployment rate could h
constituents may be most frustrated with what congress didn't get done. tracie potts has more for us from washington. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. there was no decision on taxes, what to do about extending the bush tax cuts at the end of the year. democratic leaders had said they will not deal with that before the election. that's exactly what happened. but they barely got out of town without doing so in the house after a last-minute speech by republican leader john boehner that drew 39 democrats to his side. in the end, they agreed to adjourn without dealing with taxes by just one vote. but there was a flurry of activity before the house adjourned. they did approve several bills, including a stopp spending measure so the government can continue to function for another two months. the fiscal year ends tomorrow. they also approved a nasa bill that deals with the future of that program, extends both the space shuttle and the space station programs and ends the bush era program that would have landed astronauts on the moon once again. finally, a 9/11 program was extended, as well, in
. if you're watching us on wnne 31 white river junction in vermont. definitely more than just fixal. got all fired up. six artists from vermont in near buy shelburne at the shelburne museum. >>> the question is are you fired up today. >> i am a little bit. >> good. >> not sure why but i am. >> i haven't seen you for a while. all right. see you soon. here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. back in the '80s greed was good but today at the box office greed is just okay. the long awaited sequel wall street's money never sleeps won the box office title this week but fell short of expectations taking in only $19 million. the experts blame that underperformance on failure to attract the younger crowd. a whopping 65% of wall street's audience was over the age of 30. also underperforming this weekend legend of the guardians, an animated fantasy adventure cost $130 million to make and some picked it to win but it only managed second with a little over $16 million. perhaps the weekend's top performer was ben affleck's the town. that raised the ten-day total to over $49 mi
by holding a congressional hearing this week. >> many questions must be answered by all of us, whose job it is to protect our people. >> reporter: protection seems too late for many of the san bruno residents who finally got the all-clear on sunday to go home. >> i'm anxious. when we left i thought i'm leaving all of 36 years of memory in a house and i may never see them again. >> reporter: memories now tainted with many inanswered questions, frances coe, nbc news. >>> a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in alabama a police officer is recovering after a bizarre series of accidents sent him to the emergency room. the officer was first thrown 50 yards off his motorcycle when it crashed and caught fire. after a vehicle moved out of line during a funeral procession. an ambulance responded to the scene but soon after en route to the hospital it overturned and caught fire. the officer suffered multiple broken bones and significant trauma to his legs and arms. >>> more than 25,000 people filled new york's central park for a five kilometer race for the cure. politici
the heat on his own party members yesterday. nbc tracie potts has more for us in washington. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. we're now starting to hear a tough love message from president obama, aimed not at republicans, but aimed at his own party. he said buck up and he called republicans -- rather democrats irresponsible if they're sitting on their hands complaining. he said it's inexcusable to sit on the sidelines. we heard some of this in wisconsin yesterday at a huge college rally, trying to fight what polls and pundits say is apathy. he told students we can't let the country fall backwards because we didn't care enough to fight. he's doing this four-state swing through several states around the country trying to drum up support because polls are showing that democrats could be in trouble as we head into november's elections. in fact, we have a new nbc "wall street journal" poll. take a look at this. republicans now have a three-point lead over democrats, but that's down from a nine-point lead just last month. and looking at this question, who should control c
is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. what you'll see this week will take auto a very distinct campaign-like feel, the white house trying to bring back what worked for them two years ago during the presidential campaign. the president swinging through several states over the next two days with two goals -- to energize young voters and to sell his economic plan. part of that plan was helping small businesses. we saw that as he signed the small business plan into law yesterday creating a $30 billion fund to give them more money to free up money for these businesses to expand and hire workers. today, president obama takes his message to albuquerque, new mexico, where he'll continue a series of backyard meetings with voters and have a big rally at the university of wisconsin later on tonight. as we get closer to the election, we're seeing the administration get much more aggressive in tone and message, by vice president biden saying to republicans stop whining and look for some alternatives out there. president obama
a major step toward permanently plugging up the blownout well behind the worst offshore oil spill in u.s. history. for more on that, we go to kristin dahlgren, live in louisiana with more. good morning. >> good morning to you, lynn. day 150 and that relief well that they started drilling shortly after this all started has finally intersected with the mccondo well some 2 1/2 miles below the floor of the gulf. admiral thad allen said that the two wells were connected and that the next step was to pump mud and cement down into that well to permanently seal it off. obviously, great news for people in this area, but really just one step in their recovery. oil continues to wash ashore. and this week, thousands of dead fish. take a look at these pictures. looks almost like a graph grave there. scientists say it was caused by lack of oxygen and it's not uncommon here, but people are asking that the oil disbursants didn't play into that. tony hayward defended bp's safety record this week as he testified in britain. he said there's no need to rethink deep water drilling. meantime, here in louisian
-coordinated robbers who used a stolen pickup truck to crash into a store and steal an atm machine. police say the band of thieves got away with a couple hundred dollars using another stolen vehicle to smash into the machine. unfortunately, damage done to the start is worth more than the money and the machine combined. >>> in texas, police seized nearly 20,000 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $10 million. the mature four-to-12-foot plants were found in a densely forested area outfitted with an irrigation system and lookout platform. no arrest have been made. >>> and in florida, a miami dolphin training session came to a complete stand still when defensive end lang ford lost his 2.5 carat, $50,000 earring. he forgot to remove his jewelry before practice and ended up losing one. the line searched the field but to no avail. brutal. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, we check in with bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning. >>> good morning, everyone wants to know in light of what it's doing in the carolinas, what is it going to do to cape cod. a tropica
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